Sunday, March 30, 2008

Playing in the band...

videoLast year I began learning how to play bass guitar. After about 4 months of practice, I was able to muster up the courage to get on stage at the 4th of july celebration and play the star spangle banner. This year i decided to join a band and try to play along with other people and see how it goes. This is one of the five songs we played that night. enjoy

Friday, March 21, 2008

Greenhouse--Tomato and Cucumber room..

videoThis is another video from my greenhouse but this one is the tomato and cucumber room. You can see the cucumbers that have just been placed in the trays from the nursery as well as full grown cucumbers. Last but definately not least are the tomato plants, they have been in their trays for a couple weeks now and have been growing rapidly ever since. enjoy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My Greenhouse..

videoThis is a Small video of what i would like to call my office but is actually the herb room in the greenhouse here at Mcmurdo station. You can see Mint, Nasturtuims(but not yet flowering),Pansies, Zannias, thyme, chives, cilantro, cherry tomatoes and a few other herbs. It's nice to have the one job on station that is full of live plants, flowers and the smell of fresh herbs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Yesterday's sunset...






Here are some pictures of yesterday's sunset as the light slowly fades away and another dark, cold winter begins in Mcmurdo Station.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Dry Vallies...




videoThe McMurdo Dry Valleys are a row of valleys in Antarctica located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound. The region includes many interesting geological features including Lake Vida and the Onyx River, Antarctica's longest river. It is also one of the world's most extreme deserts.



Sunday, March 9, 2008

Black Island...

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Black Island is about 25 miles due south of McMurdo (78°7′S, 166°8′E) and is fairly easy to reach (if you have a helicopter). Otherwise it's a 7 hour drive over treacherous and bumpy frozen ice, travelling over McMurdo Sound. On a clear day, you can just see it as a tiny dot on the horizon from McMurdo. It's one of the most important facilities in the area though. Communications signals from McMurdo bounce off the satellite dish at Black Island and up to space, coming down at Brewster WA. This process is reversed for incoming communications. This includes phone, several types of radio, television, email, internet...the whole works. We are far enough north that we can "see" the correct communications satellites on the horizon, while the South Pole, which is 800 miles farther south, is out of these satellites' range. So when something goes wrong at Black Island, it takes us back to the old days in a hurry.
This article was written and published by my good friend Tom Hamann. For other articles by tom as well as his blog, please visit: www.bigblueglobe.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Whales on the move...

video This is a small video that i took from my room window last year of some orcas swimming in the open water channel while the vessel was docked and we were offloading our annual supply of goods that are bought down on a cargo ship.

Welcome... and land scapes





These are a couple Pictures of our lovely landscape as well as our welcoming sign.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Last Flight...............

videoThis is a small video of the last flight out of mcmurdo as the C-17 gives one last fly over the town.

Penguins and orcas...






These are just a few images that came from our common drive.
Penguins diving into the waters, A penguin and an orca, orca swimming in the open channel, Penguins playing on ice.